Friday, November 13, 2009

A poem I wrote recently has been published at Counterpunch in their Poet's Basement column. The poem selected is Going Down After Dark. Counterpunch is a political newsletter with a Friday poetry feature. In the past they have published work by Robert Creeley, Harold Pinter, Laurence Ferlinghetti, and Patti Smith, as well as many talented new and upcoming writers. It is an honor to have work featured here.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Work Featured at Beat the Dust

Three poems from my book, Antisocial, are featured at Beat the Dust, along with a music video of Carol King and James Taylor singing, "So Far Away."

Now, you know you want to go and see what that's all about, right?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

"Damn, that's a fine book...

Couldn't stop reading it."

This was the heading of an E-mail I received from Greivous Jones editor David Oprava this morning. David lives in Wales and is an author and the editor of Greivous Jones Press.

This is the text of David's letter, which he wrote after reading my new book, Antisocial:

Now this is my kinda’ book. With “Antisocial” David Blaine has tapped into something that I can get, really, really get. As soon as I read these words in the first few pages, “let’s piss on the rules, blow the door off this shit house, and open a window, on our own potential…” I knew I’d have to read the whole damn thing straight through. This book is about me in a lot of ways, a guy getting older, trying to figure out the tangled wires of life experience, getting closer to an unknown end, and mildly, quietly shitting himself that God might just not be there, or even worse, he actually might. I cruised gladly through the quick-witted and visceral poems until I came to “Glitterati” and I was stopped right there, in the moment, in the reflective emotion, and even better, he mentions a Cadillac El Dorado (my dream car) and it was all perfect. But then, holy crap, it got better. I read “They Loooked Like Trash” and tumblers clicked, mental locks dropped their panties, and this was a poem that defines what modern poetry should be. It’s simple, smooth but chipped on the surface, but on closer inspection it goes miles and miles down into the soul of the matter. It’s a poem about humanity, about the faces we are stuck with and our supposed creator, it’s about crap you find at yard sales. I had one of the “those” moments reading it that made my day better. I can’t ask for anything more than that. I’m grateful Dave asked me to read his book, it’s let me know, for a little while at least, until the buzz wears off, that I am not alone in this mess of being. Thank you David Blaine.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

New Poem at Gutter Elloquence

One of my poems, Promiscuous Poetry, has been published in issue five of Gutter Elloquence. Jack does a great job with this zine and he's placed me in pretty good company. Hope you'll visit and read a few.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Keeping Up with Antisocial

If you haven't ordered a copy of my new book yet, perhaps some of these reviews will help you get off the dime. And speaking of dimes, you can have this gem for a mere sixty of them.

Mel Bosworth has reviewed my book over at his blog, No More Hot Lunches for Eddie Socko.

Lena Vanelslander has reviewed the book over at Gloom Cupboard.

SC Rogers posted a review at his Xanga Blog

Marc Beaudin spills his guts at Crowvoice

And Constance Stadler's review has appeared at both Full of Crow and Calliope Nerve.

I am deeply grateful to all these fine writers for reading and for writing these reviews.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Interviewed by Nobius Black

Nobius Black, editor of Calliope Nerve, has interviewed me about my new book, Antisocial, and published the result at his blog, White Rabbit, Black Hole.

I hope you'll check it out, and order the book, of course.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Antisocial Available Now.

My latest poetry manuscript, Antisocial, is the premier publication in the Outsider Writers Press Chapbook Series. Click the banner to visit the publisher.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Poems Translated to Italian

Three of my poems, All the Sounds Have Stopped, The Beginning and the End, and The Routine, have been translated into Italian at La Stanza Di Nightingale, and you can read them in English and/or Italian there.

Thank you Federica!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Two Poems published by Epic Rites Press

The Usual Suspects and Glitterati
have been published by
Epic Rites Press

(Where all of their fingers are middle ones!)

Hope you'll check them out.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

April Readings

To celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week,
I will be reading poems at the Sanilac District Library in
Port Sanilac, Michigan on Wed., April 15th at 7:00 PM
and at the Moore Library in Lexington on Thurs., April 16th
also at 7:00 PM

Hope to see some of you there.

Poem Anthologized

Misti Rainwater-Lites recently selected my poem, 'Welcome Departure'
for inclusion in her anthology "Instant Pussy Disco" which is available
as a hardcover or trade paperback from Ebullience Press.

Update: This book is also available as a free PDF download that can be read on a PC or on a hand held reader such as a Nook or Kindle. Same link as above!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Chapbook, The View From Here, Reviewed

Poet and writer David McLean has reviewed my chapbook, The View From Here, at his website, Autoerotic Elegies.

McLean writes from Sweden and he is very kind.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Writing Featured in Gutter Eloquence

A poem of mine, Driving home through the rain after the bars closed...,
has been chosen for publication by Jack Marlowe and Gutter Eloquence Magazine.

You can click the link to read it.